I Need Sleep

I don’t usually like to complain here.  This isn’t a “personal journal,” but a “writer persona” journal–in other words, this place isn’t the unfiltered me, but the carefully-considered me, which is why I rarely write on controversy here–I’ll only do it if I can do it without rancorous language.  But this one touches on writing, so: 

My six year old has apparently decided to be the antithesis of the perfect child for a while.  She will not sleep through the night; waking four or five times on some nights (this after months of sleeping through the night).  She won’t just roll over, either–no, she’s got to get up, come to my room, and wake me (because my wife sleeps right through it; don’t get me started) to get me to take her back to her bed, where she falls asleep almost immediately OR lies awake for an hour or more.  

Ok, I’m an insomniac.  Did it have to hit her, too?  

This process makes her tired and cranky, and it makes ME tired and cranky, so much so that I’ve caught myself snapping at her over very silly things that don’t deserve censure.  Then I feel like a bad father and have to struggle not to “make it up to her” by overcompensating.  Then I get up at six o’fuck in the morning, get myself ready to work, then get her up and dressed and out the door by 6:40.  This is why I won’t be teaching a zero-period class next year; I need more time in the morning.  

Here’s the part where it affects writing:  I haven’t slept well in weeks.  I cannot seem to get anything written that doesn’t immediately make me roll my eyes at myself.  I wrote a scene last night: 342 words.  All of them horrible junior-high melodrama.  I was disgusted when I looked at them this morning.  I deleted all that didn’t work, leaving me with a net word count of FIVE WORDS.  This is not how one finishes a novel.  

I know what’s supposed to happen, I just can’t get it written.